The Seattle Stand Down: serving King County’s veterans

Last week, the South Seattle College Georgetown Campus was bustling as the 9th Annual Seattle Stand Down was in full swing providing services to veterans and their families. The Seattle Stand Down, a two-day long event, is a “one stop” access to resources and services for veterans and families, focusing on veterans that are either…

Looking Back at a Successful Behavioral Health Legislative Forum

Written by: Amanda Flatley, Project Program Manager An estimated 650+ community members attended this year’s King County Behavioral Health Legislative Forum: A Community Conversation about Mental Health and Substance Use Recovery at Seattle Center’s Exhibition Hall on November 18, 2019. A total of 22 state legislators and three county councilmembers attended. Also, one more state…

Getting mobile: A better way to serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence

The Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy (VSHSL) has awarded over $6 million to nine organizations to fund advocates to get out in the community to reach survivors of domestic and sexual violence with support where they feel most safe and comfortable. A new approach to providing support Mobile Advocacy, an evidence-based trauma-informed approach, prioritizes…

Observing Thanksgiving While Honoring Native People and a Thank You to Our Community

November is Native American Heritage Month Native American Heritage Month, also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, is a time to honor and celebrate the diverse art, culture, land, history and traditions of the first people. We acknowledge the immense contributions that Native people have given us and recognize that we need…

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How We Use Data to Combat Racial Disparities in Homeless Housing

Written by: Victoria Ewing, Evaluator, Homeless and Housing Understanding and Improving Coordinated Entry Prioritization Over the past year, the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) has partnered with C4 Innovations to analyze the racial equity impact of homeless housing prioritization tools used across the country. C4’s report, published in October 2019, found that one…

Developmental Screening for All: Workforce Development

Originally published on the Best Starts for Kids Blog This is the fourth and final post in our blog series “Developmental Screening for All.” For the past year, Best Starts for Kids has been gathering feedback from community members and partners to better understand the successes, gaps and disparities related to developmental screening, referral and…